Monthly Archives: August 2013
Beginning in the ’60’s, Milton Friedman began what came to be known as the “voucher,” or “school choice” movement. Friedman, as the leader of the Chicago school of economics (a decidedly market-based approach) applied this same thinking to the idea of education reform, and decided that only through free market choices could a parent secure a quality education for their child. Of course, what he left out were the words “white, affluent” before the word “parent.” Every single economic theory created or championed by Friedman had the exact same purpose—to shield the affluent from having to pay anything for the services used by the country as a whole.
Just in the last decade, the “school reform” movement has both captured the hearts and minds of liberal and conservative politicians alike, and become a favorite boogeyman of parents of either stripe. From No Child Left Behind, to Race to the Top, to Common Core, vouchers, and charter schools, our nation appears to be in the throes of a serious discussion on school reform. In the process, however, parents, students, and teachers are being left out of the debate on the present and future of schools, and specifically, public education. Sadly, this is intentional.
This is just a short post to begin my blogging career in the field of education techniques, news, and reform. Time permitting, there will be articles and blog posts on a daily basis for any who are interested in the state of education in this country.